Pomphlett Primary School Horizone MAT

Pomphlett Primary School

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Art and Design

Rationale- What has informed our curriculum design in art and design?

Through the study of art and design, we believe that children should develop a sense of creativity and individual expression which enables them to respond to different art works and communicate their own personal responses to these. We also believe that through the process of developing creative ideas, refining these as they develop, and evaluating their work, children are also encouraged to develop their resilience. The study of master artists and craftsmen who work using a range of media, should inspire children in their own creative pursuits, foster an interest in different art movements and develop a cultural appreciation for both local and global art works.


INTENT - What are our aims?

At Pomphlett Primary School, we believe in providing a 'high quality art and design education' in order to 'engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design' is central to the development of young artists.

We aim to integrate the learning of great artists, craft makers and designers; incorporating art techniques into the units of work that we study in each year group with the intention that children will:

  • Understand how ideas develop through an artistic process
  • Develop a skill set so that ideas may be communicated
  • Learn from the artistic processes and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history


IMPLEMENTATION - How do we do this?


Art and design lessons are delivered by class teachers through carefully planned units of work. Our knowledge organisers identify the knowledge, vocabulary and disciplinary skills that will be covered in each unit. These knowledge organisers are used in lessons and at home to reinforce learning. Our curriculum is progressive:  we build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years, beginning each unit and lesson with teacher assessments of what children already know in order to inform the learning that follows. Through this approach, we provide opportunities for children to explore their own ideas and experiences and express these creatively through drawing, painting, sculpture and various other design techniques. Children are encouraged to experiment and share ideas, skills, and creative ways to communicate their ideas through 2D and 3D art.

Teachers use precise questioning and observation in class to evaluate conceptual knowledge and skills.  They create engaging sequences of carefully planned lessons, drawing from a wide range of high quality sources and resources in order to aid understanding of conceptual and disciplinary knowledge. Opportunities are planned in across the year for pupils to put these skills into practice and gain first-hand experience such as: during class visits, learning about art in our local environment and school ground and through art based theme weeks at the end of the academic year. These activities encourage children to broaden and deepen their artistic understanding further.


IMPACT - How do we know this?

As a result of our high quality art provision, we have a community of enthusiastic and budding artists and designers, who enjoy showcasing their skills and progression across the school. Standards of art and design across the curriculum and through cross-curricular links are of a consistently high standard and our learners take pride in the work they produce. We expect that our artists will be able to:

• Use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

• Communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

• Draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

• Explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.

• Share an impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.

• Think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

• Show an independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

• Select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

• Reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

• Show a passion for, and a commitment to, the subject.


Children will leave Pomphlett, with a confidence that will allow them to experiment and develop their own ideas in response to a range of stimuli. They will have a great appreciation for, and awareness of, the diversity of artistic expression that exists and the contribution that artists make to our lives.


Foundation Stage drawing and painting Colour Monsters. 

Year 2 Watercolour painting.

Year 6 Greek Vases